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August 8th, 2010
10:41 PM ET

Changes Vowed After Allegations At For-Profit Colleges

Students applying to for-profit colleges are encountering high-pressured sales tactics and sometimes encouraged to lie about their finances, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday. Undercover investigators allegedly found deceptive practices at all 15 for-profit schools they visited, including University Of Phoenix, Kaplan College and Everest College. The Career College Association represents more than half the campuses cited in the investigation. In an interview with CNN, Harris Miller, the head of the CCA, promises changes to the way these schools do business, but defends their validity as academic institutions.


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August 8th, 2010
10:41 PM ET

Ushering in New Leaders: Usher Gives Back

Superstar entertainer Usher was "Powered by Service" this week, that’s what he calls the special day his foundation dedicated to teach young people about the world's most pressing issues, so they can teach others.

It’s all part of the goal for Usher's New Look Foundation's to give at-risk kids around the United States a "new look on life".

So far, almost 9,000 kids have gone through the program, which calls them MITs or moguls-in-training.  Usher says New Look gives kids the tools they need to "be global leaders."

CNN's Don Lemon sat down with the performer, whose sold 45 million albums.  Usher talked about giving back and making sure his beneficiaries pay it forward.

CNN Intern Sachin Seth contributed to this report.

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August 8th, 2010
07:59 AM ET

Same-sex Marriage Debate

From CNN Saturday and Sunday Morning Anchor TJ Holmes:

A district judge this week ruled that Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. He struck it down. But, that didn't mean same-sex couples could run out and immediately start getting married. Instead, he issued a stay on his decision, meaning it's not in effect while the case is being appealed.

Now, the state of California is asking the judge to lift that stay and allow same-sex marriages to resume immediately. Saturday, I spoke with a same-sex couple in California who would like to get married. They co-founded the NOH8 Campaign - a protest they created in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. I also spoke with a member of Focus on the Family who says that couple and others like them should never be allowed to marry.

Join TJ Holmes weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT

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August 8th, 2010
06:28 AM ET

TV Judge Lowers the Gavel on a Worthy Cause

From CNN associate producer Hanna Gordolah:

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. And for the first time, kids have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. But, Judge Glenda Hatchett, you know her from her syndicated TV court series, is issuing an order to end obesity. She's heading up a five-city anti-obesity campaign.

Join TJ Holmes weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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August 8th, 2010
06:21 AM ET

Back-to-school Tech Tips and Advice

From Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong:

All month on CNN I'll be sharing "Back to School Tech Tips and Advice." Catch the segments every Saturday around 8:20am ET with TJ Holmes. My 1st tip kicked off with renting, NOT buying text books and where to find low-cost and free Office Suites to do your reports, documents, presentations etc... Did you know that on average U.S. college students spend $1,122 each year for text books? The rental websites in many cases saves you 50% or more for renting the book NOT owning it. I don’t know about you but I wish they had this around when I was in school, I NEVER made out on selling books back to the bookstore 🙂

Here are some of the sites I mentioned this week on CNN:

http://www.Chegg.com – been around for quite some time, some people have called it the Netflix of online book rentals. Ohh and one neat thing about CHEGG is that they apparently are an eco-friendly company, they plant a tree for every book rented.

http://www.RentScouter.com – this site is like a comparison shopping website that searches for a variety of costs for the book you are interested in, whether its new, used, or rental. It’s like a travelocity for book prices.

Office Suites:

1. Microsoft is the most popular used office suite and typically costs $149.00 BUT right now they are offering a nice discount of $79.00. ALERT: In order to get the discount you must show some proof that you are in school – student ID, University or school email address, transcript, class list, anything that can prove you are a current student.

2. If you are looking for free Office Suites then look to OpenOffice.org or Google Docs both of these services are safe to use, I have tested and use both regularly. One thing about Google DOCS is that you can also collaborate on documents in real-time which is great for those group projects you may have.

Look for Mario Armstrong's everything tech segments in the 8 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Morning with TJ Holmes. This Saturday, Mario shares tips on how to get the best pricing on laptops and netbooks!

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